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Need a suggestion on buying spotting scope

Postby Brian J. on Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:47 am

I am a member of 1st Special Forces Group. I will be advocating the acquisition of more powerful optics for military application. Specifically, I believe something around 90mm in size with a compact cassegrain type configuration for portability, sealed and armored for durability, and some type of low profile tripod would be a perfect platform to scan and observe ground activity up to 2 kilometers. We may have a need for observation at more than 5 kilometers if there is a spotting scope that is suitable.
Brian J.

Postby Jne_K on Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:57 am


You'll get better performance and durability with a refractor style spotting
scope. Maks are fine, but they are nowhere near as rugged or optically as
good as a quality refractor and they are very slow to bring to focus. This
could be a serious deficiency in a tactical situation.
Large apertures are not necessarily an advantage for daytime work, since
any good 65-80mm scope will have more than enough image brightness and
resolution for even a dark, cloudy day. Only advantage for a larger aperture
is for night use.
You can not do better than a 65-80mm scope in one of these models. All are
waterproof and far more rugged than any Mak made. If you need something
smaller, try the same models in a 65mm version.

Swarovski STS-80 HD High Definition Spotting Scope

Leica Televid 77 Spotting Scope 77mm Body with the Leica B 20-60/16-48X Vario-Ocular Zoom Spotting Scope Eyepiece

Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED Body Spotting with the Nikon Zoom Eyepiece 20-60x for 60mm and 25-75x for 82mm Spotting Scopes
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